Originally Posted by merlinpinpin
He probably wouldn't have, actually.
Despite the fact that he's one of the top two players ever on the surface (arguably the best one), Nadal has also been thriving against dismal clay competition, with *zero* top clay-court specialist around (him excepted). Put him alongside guys like Muster, Brugera, Courier (and to a lesser extent, Costa and Moya) and would he win seven RG's? Very probably not. Maybe he doesn't even tie Borg's record in these conditions.
Sampras on clay never was an issue, as he would never have gotten far enough to play Nadal anyway.
Oh. My. God.
THIS GUY WAS BEATING THE HELL OUT OF SEVERAL PEOPLE YOU MENTIONED AS A TEENAGER.
THIS GUY DEMOLISHED THE REST OF THE FIELD ON HIS WAY TO THE TITLE AT THE VERY FIRST FRENCH OPEN HE PLAYED AS A TEENAGER. HE DIDN'T LOSE ANOTHER UNTIL 4 YEAR LATERS AND THAT WAS JUST A FLUKE.
HE IS THE CLAY COURT KING AND HE WOULD MAKE EVERY OTHER CLAY COURT SPECIALIST IN HISTORY LOOK LIKE A GRASS COURT SPECIALIST